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12:15 The A - Z of Producing

SUE MASLIN – Producer

SUE MASLIN – Producer Photo: supplied

Dave Gibson – Chief Executive NZFC

Dave Gibson – Chief Executive NZFC Photo: supplied

What does it take to get your film in front of an audience?  We're very used to hearing about the skills of actors and directors but what about that of the producers?  

A new course developed by the New Zealand Film Commission, in conjunction with the Australian Film Television and Radio School is teaching a group of New Zealand producers what they need to know to produce a feature film, and enable them to build a production slate ready to take to market.

Simon Morris talks to Dave Gibson, Chief Executive of the NZ Film Commission and the course facilitator, accomplished Australian producer, Sue Maslin.

The A -Z of Producing

The A -Z of Producing course participants, NZFC staff, Wendy Gray from AFTRS and Course Leader Sue Maslin (producer of The Dressmaker). Photo: supplied


12:35 A 'Fiercely independent' newcomer in Children's Publishing

OneTree House

OneTree House Photo: supplied

After many years working in Children's publishing, Christine Dale and Jenny Nagle had started to notice a decline in the numbers of independent New Zealand publishers catering for children and young people.  After a chance conversation, they resolved to do something about it and have this week launched OneTree House publishers. They tell Simon Morris all about it.

1:10 At The Movies


1:33 Screen Gems with Irene Gardiner

Irene Gardiner

Irene Gardiner Photo: supplied

To mark the release of the feature documentary by acclaimed filmaker Roger Donaldson on New Zealand motor-racing legend Bruce McLaren, Irene Gardiner has picked a real petrolhead edition of Screen Gems for Simon Morris.


1:40 Big Names and Big Personalities at the Doc Edge Festival

 Dan Shanan, the executive director of the Documentary New Zealand Trust.

Dan Shanan, the executive director of the Documentary New Zealand Trust. Photo: supplied

Once again the Documentary Edge International Film Festival will challenge and inspire audiences with 49 feature length films and 20 short films, representing the very finest of international and New Zealand-made documentaries.

Simon Morris talks to Dan Shanan, the executive director of the Documentary New Zealand Trust.

Doc Edge is heading to Wellington 10 May - 21 May, and Auckland, 24 May - 5 June and you can find out more on their website

Documentary Edge International Film Festival

Documentary Edge International Film Festival Photo: supplied

1:50 For Pete's Sake - the political songs of Peter Conway

Peter Conway

Peter Conway Photo: supplied

For Pete’s Sake – The Political Songs of Peter Conway

For Pete’s Sake – The Political Songs of Peter Conway Photo: supplied

Peter Conway was the Secretary of the CTU in tandem with then President Helen Kelly. He tragically took his own life in 2015 after a long struggle with depression. Pete was a great muso and outside of work he had his union ensemble Not The Day Job. The album will be released, appropriately, on May 1st – International Workers’ Day, at PSA House in Wellington. Simon Morris talks to Ross Teppett from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, and musician David Long, producer of the album about how it all came about and the future of political songwriting.

The album will be available on Spotify and iTunes on Monday and you can find more information on their facebook page.

Lee & David at Work in the Surgery engine room

Lee & David at Work in the Surgery engine room Photo: supplied


2:06 The Laugh Track - Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden Photo: supplied

Four international pro comedians will be hitting the road bringing some of the globes' finest, and most hilarious comedy to Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Wellington and Napier this April and May. Fresh from the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival  these stars of the comedy circuit offer world-class stand-up from the UK and Finland.   
The line-up features one of the kings of the UK pro-comedy circuit, Englishman Hal Cruttenden, who has both headlined and hosted on three series of Live at The Apollo, as well as two impressive appearances on The Royal Variety Performance. Hal has just completed a sold-out UK tour of his latest solo show, 'Straight Outta Cruttenden' and will be making his NZ debut at the 2017 Comedy Festival. Hal picks some of his favourite comedy clips for Simon Morris.

Head over to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival website for more info.


2:25 A new crime thriller from Tina Clough - a world class read with a local setting.

Tina Clough

Tina Clough Photo: supplied

A young woman is enslaved by a man she must call Master.  Her fate lies with an army vet, Hunter, once he comes across her - lying more than half dead - in the Northland bush. She's known only deprivation for years, and never feels truly safe even after her escape.  Can Hunter protect her from those who seek her out?

This is Tina Clough's scenario in her latest novel, The Chinese Proverb. The Swedish born-New Zealand writer explains to Lynn Freeman where the idea for the novel came from?

The Chinese Proverb by Tina Clough

The Chinese Proverb by Tina Clough Photo: supplied

The Chinese Proverb by Tina Clough is published by Lightpool Publishing.

2:40 New Zealand Film Milestones

New Zealand Classic Films: In My Father's Den

New Zealand Classic Films: In My Father's Den Photo: supplied\

Which New Zealand films are the important ones - the ones that film academics call "canon", meaning the undoubted milestones in our comparatively brief history of internationally accliamed films?

Massey University's Dr Brian McDonnell is about to launch a series of books, each one devoted to the most important New Zealand films.  And he's kicked it off with a film that many critics agree may very well be the greatest - Brad McGann's In My Father's Den.  

You can see the trailer, clips from the movie and interviews with the cast on crew on the NZONSCREEN website.

Dr Brian McDonnell's book is available through Kakapo Books

2:49 The Art of Etiquette

Zoe George

Zoe George Photo: RNZ/ Alexander Robertson

When is the right time to open a packet of sweets, or can you sing along in the theatre?  Wine glasses.   Applause?   Talk to the actors? Zoe George talks to musical theatre actor Matthew Pike and shines a spotlight on "what makes a great musical theatre audience".


3:06 Drama at 3 - The Circus of Errors by Sam Truebridge.

The Circus of Errors is set in the dark, comedic world of a traveling circus where the Ringmaster rules the ring as well as the lives of those who perform therein.  But this circus carries with it a buried secret. 

The collaboration between the writer and the award winning composer Phil Brownlee makes for a very special piece of radio drama. 


Music played in this show


Artist: The Beatles

Song: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite

Composer: Lennon/McCartney

Album: Love

Label: Apple

Played at: 12:10


Artist: Judy Collins

Song: Send in The Clowns

Composer: Sondheim

Album: The Very Best of Judy Collins     

Label: Electra

Played at: 12:35


Artist: Gretchen Peters

Song: Circus Girl

Composer: Gretchen Peters

Album: The Best of Gretchen Peters

Label: Proper

Played at: 12:55


Artist: Tim McGraw

Song: Set This Circus Down

Composer: Josh Kear / Bill Luther

Album: Set This Circus Down

Label: Raw

Played at: 1:10


Artist: James Darren

Song: Goodbye Cruel World I'm Off To Join The Circus

Composer: James Darren

Album: Best of the Sixties

Label: EMI

Played at: 1:45


Artist: Eric Clapton

Song: Circus

Composer: Clapton

Album: Pilgrim

Label: Reprise

Played at: 1:55


Artist: David Essex

Song: Oh what a Circus

Composer: Rice,Lloyd-Webber

Album: Greatest Hits

Label: Mercury

Played at: 2:04


Artist: The Coral

Song: Travelling Circus

Composer: Skelly,Power

Album: Goodbye

Label: Deltasonic

Played at: 2:35


Artist: Bike

Song: Circus Kids

Composer: Brough

Album: Circus Kids

Label: Flying Nun

Played at: 2:55


Artist: Leo Sayer

Song: the Show Must Go On

Composer: Courtney, Sayer

Album: Best of Leo Sayer

Label: Chrisalis

Played at: 3:57